Smokie Norful

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There is someone that I want this board to know and support. Rev. W.R. "Smokie" Norful, Jr. is a young, talented, anointed man of God. He has a new gospel CD being released as we speak. He is an ordained minister, of the gospel, in the A.M.E. Church. He is originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas and is the son of Rev. and Mrs. W.R. Norful (St. John A.M.E., Pine Bluff).

This young man is receiving international recognition. BET featured him. I don't want us to miss out on an opportunity to pump up our own. Smokie moved to Chicago to attend seminary and is married with a newborn son.

The name of the CD is "I Need You Now" by Smokie Norful (EMI Recording Label). Please lift him up in prayer and check out his CD.

-- Anonymous, June 19, 2002

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Thank you for sharing this info. We must indeed get the word out about one of our own.

-- Anonymous, June 19, 2002

Smokie is perhaps the most "dangerous" young man I have ever heard on an organ and singing. I has Blessed us in the AME Church throughout the years. I have recently learned that he is on the WOW 2002 Gospel track. I think he is the minister of music with Julius McAllister at Greater Institutional in CHi-Town. We need to definitely lift hima nd his family up in prayer and support OUR own son who is indeed making his mark in the Season in his life and career.

-- Anonymous, June 19, 2002

He performed last night at the Investiture Banquet for the Bishop's Council...if that was an indication of what can be found on his CD, then all I can say is....you better buy it! He was great and really brought the assembly into a posture of praise. I read some of the write up on him found on blackgospel.com and some traditionalist feel it is mixing r&b sounds with gospel, but I don't think you can mistake his words for anything other than what it is....praise to God...so let's support this young man!!!

-- Anonymous, June 25, 2002

my name is marissa hurst, originally from kansas city missouri now living in fredericksburg virginia with my husband and two kids. I am a twenty three year old sold out for jesus young women i my daily prayer to God is just to saturate me in his word, and though i might get on his nerves if he will just allow me to stay in his face until he can get the glory out of my life i promised him that i can handle the call. I am married to a man that isnt saved and through my daily walk with christ he is beginning to respond to the things of God. he was listening to the Cd by Smokie Norful track number two I need you now and tears began to flow down his face and at that moment after four years of being married... that song ministered to my husband. He prayed that night a prayer that was kept between him and God but I am writing all this as a living witness that by being obedient to christ and walking forth in the anointing of God Smokie Norfuls CD has truly been an inspiration in my husbands life. Thankyou Lord Jesus for your powerful anointed Man of God!!!!

-- Anonymous, July 29, 2002

I went to college with Smokie at the University of AR @ Pine Bluff. I remember him from his humble beginnings on the college campus and in the city of Pine Bluff. I always knew that he would do well in the Gospel music industry one day. It seemed that he fell off the face of the earth. Now he has made a come back bringing forth much fruit. It's been a long time coming, but I am glad that he waited for his season. I will continue to support him and pray for him as he makes the adjustment to the demands of his new career and hectic schedule. I've been telling everyone I know who listens to Gospel music to get the CD, I NEED YOU NOW--IT's Awesome!

-- Anonymous, July 30, 2002


My name is Tamara Reid. I was a student of Smokie, or as I call him Ray, at Emory University last summer for a program called YTI. Smokie was an inspiration from the beginning. The first song I heard him sing was " I Love the Lord." His voice is so amazing that it touches not just your heart but your soul. His new CD is also amazing from the first track to the last you get something out of it. I pray that Smokie has continued success and that the Lord blesses him ten times over. For he is a man of God and you can tell by his daily walk. God bless.

-- Anonymous, August 01, 2002

My name is Eboni Primer. I am a 17 year old graduate from Proviso East High School, Maywood, IL. I have know Mr. Norful for about three years now and I think he's great. Mr. Norful has been a huge inspiration in my life. His music personally has inspired me to continue on with my education and reach towards better things in life. I can't forget about Mrs. Norful who has been there for me through good times and bad. She is a great personto know. Hey TRE'!! I thank God right now for him and his ministry. I ask that God continues to bless him in whatever he does. Don't forget to check out his CD, it's TIGHT!!!!!! Trust me I know!!

-- Anonymous, August 02, 2002

Hi, Eboni, Tama, and Marissa it is great to have you posting on the board. After reading your posts I am going to buy Rev. Norful' CD. Do you have any other suggestions for new music? It is great to have young people posting on the board!!!! Keep posting and let us know what is happening in your church and school. We are very, very proud of all of you for choosing Christ.

-- Anonymous, August 02, 2002

Tamara, I am so sorry I mispelled your name! It is great hearing from you.

-- Anonymous, August 02, 2002

I was also in Smokie's choir at YTI(emory) in 2001. Like Tamara, the first song I heard him sing was I Love The Lord; from that moment I knew he was blessed. If you don't purchase any other CD, you must purchase Smokie's debut. The title track says it all. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him live, don't pass it up. I don't know what God has put in Smokie, but I know it can only be God who put it there. He is blessed with wonderful gifts and everytime I hear him sing tears flow from my eyes. Buy the CD and support Smokie I promise you will not have any regrets.

-- Anonymous, August 04, 2002


I AM A YOUTH MEMBER AT A CHURCH WHERE REV. NORFUL USED TO WORK WITH OUR YOUTH MINISTRY AND THE TIME THAT HE WAS WITH US WAS THE BEST. REV. NORFUL HELPED US OPEN OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS TO KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING WHO JESUS IS. I'VE PERSONALLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF TALKING TO REV. NORFUL AND HE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS. I HEARD HIS CD AND IT WAS RECORDED FOR EVERYONE YOUNG AND OLD! IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OR PURCHASED HIS CD YOU HAVE TO MAKE PLANS TO DO SO. IT IS A WONDERFUL CD AND WORTH EVERY PENNY!! IN THE WORDS OF A FRIEND OF MINE (RAY BADY) WHO ALSO JUST RECORDED HIS FIRST CD, "DON'T DUB IT, BUY IT, BANG IT, AND LOVE IT!!!" GOD BLESS AND PICK UP BOTH CD'S IN STORES TODAY!!!

-- Anonymous, August 13, 2002

I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I AM NOT A MEMEBR OF THE AME CHURCH BUT MY COUSIN REV. ELVIN PARKER SR. IS A PRESIDING ELDER. I LISTENED TO THE WHOLE CD FROM MINISTR SMOKIE NORFUL AND IT WAS THE BOMB. I SERVE AS AN ELDER AT MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH IN NASHVILLE TENNESSE. I WORK WITH YOUTH AND I THINK THAT THIS CD REACHES BOTH YOUNG AND OLD. I LOVE THIS BROTHERS HEART OF WOSHIP. IT'S BEAUTIFUL TO EXPERIENCE ON E OF GOD'S PRECIOUS JEWEL'S MINISTERING.

-- Anonymous, August 14, 2002

I don't know Smokie personally but his cd is very powerful and I love it. I tell all of my friends in Jacksonville,Florida to check it out. He sounds like a Daryl Coley to me. I will be praying for Smokie and his family and I wish him the best in all that he does, and to those of you that hasn't heard of his cd I encourage you to just GET IT!

-- Anonymous, August 15, 2002

I would like to comment about the Smokie Norful cd. I work at a music store and we received a promo. and I was truly blown away by his music. I don't really listen to gospel but there was something about the song "I need you now" that really touched my heart. I hope that he continues his work because he truly has a talent. I will recommend his cd to customers that come in the store.

-- Anonymous, August 19, 2002

I own a lot of gospel CD's, as well as secular artist. And I tend to go through phases where I listen to all gospel, and then I won't put those CD's in the changer for 3-4 weeks again. But since I started listening to this CD I have gotten the feeling back and many of the tracks have touched me. All tracks on the CD are great, but 2,4,6, and 10 are the bomb. keep up the good work, and continue to make great music.

-- Anonymous, August 20, 2002


My name is Jessica, and I am 18 years old and I am from Oak Park, IL. I attend SIU right now, and I can say that his music is something powerful. Because in college there are times when you really need the lord and I listen to Rev. Norfuls cd. But n e wayz I attend Rock of Ages Baptist Church and Smokie Norful was our youth pastor for a while. He has a very strong, and unique voice. Everytime he comes back an visit he sings, and if you can't get a message through his ministry/songs I don't know whats wrong with you. But I would like to wish him all the luck/success in the world. Congratulations on your new son TRE. Hey Mrs Norful :) Make sure you check out the cd too!

-- Anonymous, August 23, 2002

I am from Houston but currently residing in Arlington, Texas. I am a minister of music at my church where my father is the pastor and recording my first demo. I have a duo that consist of myself and a young lady named Destani Smith. My manager (Derrick Coleman / "D") is a music fanatic. I went to his office one day and he said I got somethig that you might like and I know you can sing. I said "Cool, let hear it." He put the CD in and put it on #4 and I immediately said who is that. He told me it was Smikie Norful and I said "D now that brother there can sang not sing sang." So I had to go and purchase the CD. I am pleased with the CD and man Smokie don't ever stop man times are hard. I know that you are writing a song for Mrs. Beverly Crawford I am too keep me in your prayers and I will do the same. The duo with my friend and I is called Chozen Harmonaye yall be looking out. It is Gospel but the R&B flavor something that no gospel artist have done. I got to go classes at PVU (Praiire View A & M University) are a trip. Everyone who reads this remember "You can't get yourself in something, that God can't get you out of."

1-LUV

-- Anonymous, August 27, 2002


I am a 20 year old who has been greatly influenced by Reverend Norful. Reverend Norful was our youth pastor at Rock Of Ages church in Maywood IL. I have great respect for him and his wife, they both taught us alot, and in the midst of my trials God sent Reverend Norful in my life, and he really showed me a better way. We always knew that the lord would do great things in his life. Now he is reaping all the blessing's that God has stored up for him. So to Reverend Norful I say "Get An OverSized Cup Ready!!" He is going to pure you out blessing's you won't have room enough to receive. I Thank God for you, and I ask Him to keep you covered in his blood as you continue to path a way for us. The album is wonderful, and we diffently want to hear more, more, more. Thank You, Crystal

-- Anonymous, September 05, 2002

CONGRATULATIONS TO REV. SMOKIE NORFUL. MY NAME IS ANDREE FROM AUSTIN TX. ORIGINALLY FROM ARKANSAS NEAR THE PINE BLUFF AREA (RISON) BORN AND RAISED IN THE C.O.G.I.C. I HAVE FRIENDS IN ARKANSAS OF THE A.M.E.DENOMINATION. SO I HAD SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO HEAR REV SMOKIE SING PRAISES TO GOD. "MAN" I MUST SAY, YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL! FROM THE VERY FIRST TIME I HEARD YOU SING I WAS THINKING, THE GUY IS UNBELIEVABLE.. YEARS LATER I'M STILL THINKING, THIS GUY IS UNBELIEVABLE.. YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL MINISTRY ALONG WITH MANY WHO LOVE YOU IN THE AUSTIN TX. AREA, WE HAVE TRULY BEEN BLESSED BY YOUR ALBULM. YOU ARE THE TRUE " AMERICAN IDOL" HA! HA! STAY IN THE WILL OF GOD! HIS WILL ISN'T SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.. IT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED.

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2002

I am pleased to announce the launching of a brand new Yahoo group, Smokie's Crib!

Smokie's Crib is a fellowship group where the supporters of EMI Gospel recording artist Smokie Norful's music and ministry can come and share!

Smokie's Crib is the place where you can stay up to date on news related to Smokie, as well as fellowship with others who share the common bond of having been blessed by Smokie's music! Also be sure to check out the Smokie's Crib calendar for a complete listing of dates for the upcoming Hopeville Tour, where you can experience the live ministry of Smokie Norful, along with Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams & Donnie McClurkin!

WIN! WIN! WIN! During the week of September 8-13, 2002, two new members will be chosen at random from all those who join the club each day to receive a FREE copy of Smokie Norful's EMI Gospel debut, "I Need You Now" on CD! That's right... two CDs each day! Also, be sure to stick around because you never know what we will be giving away next!

To join in the fun at Smokie's Crib, click the link below! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smokiescrib/

-- Anonymous, September 10, 2002


May God Bless your ministry, Smokie

-- Anonymous, September 13, 2002

I was bless to have heard brother Smokie at the banquet for Bishop Richardson and low and behold I was watching Gospel on BET and he was the featured artist. He has a very powerful sound and testimony. This young man cd will be part of my daily listening.It is a blessing to have one of ours as a featured artist.

-- Anonymous, September 14, 2002

I originally had the opportunity to hear Smokie from my Choir Director in Detroit, Michael E. Fletcher. We were rehearsing for a concert we were having and he asked if I thought I could minister the song. I told him to let me hear it. MANNNNN!!!! When I heard the song... now the words of the song initially grabs me. The words spoke immediately to my situation. Then the vocal arrangement.

I am a die-hard Daryl Coley "fan". I am affectionately called Daryl Jr. by some of my friends 'cause he is just SOOO awesome. Smokie... ever since that day I heard his song, All I Need off the Tommie's project, I've been searchin HIGH and low for more material of Smokie's.

Let me also say... I Need You Now... no words can express the anointing that song carries. It has been sung in praise and worship all over Detroit.

On a funny note. Smokie has come to Detroit at least 3 times this year along and each time I came within minutes of missing him. To this day, I haven't seen him in person, let alone heard him minister live. In fact at the GMWA, when Dorinda was ministering, I was sitting by Karen Clark-Sheard and after Dorinda finished her set... I left. Why did I hear from friends that I missed Smokie yet again. I could do nothing but laugh!!! One day... One day... I will see him face to face LOL!

-- Anonymous, September 16, 2002


All this time I have been hearing this beautiful song on the radio, and thanks to this board, this morning I recognized the name of the singer. Sorry I can't remember the title, but it is so blessed, and the man is very talented vocally.

Carmen Rose

-- Anonymous, September 19, 2002


It's "I Need You" (The song that is)

Carmen

-- Anonymous, September 19, 2002


I have been knowing Smokie in the A.M.E. church through the music ministry, since we were very young. He was featured on an album produced by my aunt, when he was 10 or 11 years old. He had the gift then and his voice was really high, and I heard him as he progressed and came into this rich, mature, annointed voice. It would amaze me when he would go before the minister and sing and just "Tear the church up!" And having worked with him in the church, I know he is called of God. Smokie may God continue to bless you and as you sing, may many be called to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Here in Washington, D.C. they love you! Your CD is AWESOME! God bless you.

-- Anonymous, October 02, 2002

Smokie Norful music is truly amazing. His song "I need you now" is not only wonderful but its lovely. This man is definitely talented and is using his talent to spread his love for GOD around. I wish smokie Norful all the luck in the world with his ministry and his music. I just found out that his CD has been out, I thought he was new. Since I have found a record store that has it, I will definitely go and by his album to support this young man lovely work.

-- Anonymous, October 04, 2002

As a member of the body of Christ, I find that at times my journey can be somewhat tedious. So many times, I find that my faith is tested by the certainty of the storms of life. When I originally heard "I Need You Now", a close friend was listening to it. My initial opinion was that it was nicely composed and conducted and I didn't feel the need to say much more. Well, how dare you test the word of GOD to come into your heart when you need it. Soon afterwards, I found myself having a deeply embedded desire to listen to the song in its entirety and without interruption. Upon hearing it this time, I felt the Holy Spirit begin to speak to my situation and comfort me. If you pay close attention to the words that are within the song, you can actually see Bro. Norful's heart. A heart that GOD no doubt has conditioned and truly touched. My gratitude goes out to the Father for allowing such a "Powerful Word" to manifest and to Smokie Norful for accepting the challenge.

-- Anonymous, October 10, 2002

Well Rev. Norful it is your time to come from behind the shadowes of those that you helped to prosper, and now it is your time. Hey Man, this is Quincy from the Rock ( R.O.A.). It was a pleasure and a blessing to sing under your anointing gift. God has placed you in the right places, at the right times, so others could help you to grow and go further in the minisry of music ( Percy&Ray Bady,Darius Brooks,Kim McFarlin, DeAndre Patterson, V Michael McKay,Jesse&Bridget Campbell and many more). We miss you a lot at the Rock but we know that GOD has other plans for you and your beautiful family. You see how GOD works. He brought so many blessings out from a little place called Pine Bluff Ark. ( Born and Raised also) to Maywood Ill. You go and Represent GOD's through your walk and through song. Go get your blessings Rev. Norful.

Your Brother in Christ quincy

-- Anonymous, October 15, 2002


I went to the Hopeville tour two days ago in Kansas City, Mo. And to my surprise I recognized a familiar face. MR.SMOKIE NORFUL!! I was so happy. Happy for a couple of reasons 1. Because Smokie has done it! and because I know him. I told everyong sitting close to me "That's My Homeboy!!!" See, I am from Pine Bluff. I went to Jr. High, High School, College with Smokie. I am so, so happy for him. Not only can the boy sing, but he can PREACH, too!!

I and so many others in Pine Bluff would always say to Smokie "Smokie, What are you doing still in Pine Bluff? He would just smile and say something smart. But God has a plan and Smokie did also he finished college, worked in the ministry, taught Civics at the Jr. High a couple of years then waited unitl the Lord said it was his time to Shine." And let me tell you the other night in Kansas City, the star was bright. Congratulations Smokie, Carla and baby.

Sherry Rice

-- Anonymous, October 16, 2002


Hey Smokie this is your cousin Ashley. I just wanted to let you know that I am very proud of you and that I am praying for you. I love you a lot! Tell your wife that I said hi and kiss the baby for me. I am so proud of you! Always and Forever Ashley Neal

-- Anonymous, October 16, 2002

I AM A MEMBER AT ROA, AND WAS A YOUTH THERE WHEN REV. NORFUL BECAME A PART OF ROA. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! YOU ARE A BIG INSPIRATION TO MY FAMILY AND WE ALL STIVE LOVE YOU HERE AT ROCK OF AGES. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU ALL AND I WISH YOU AND YOUR WIFE A BLESSED AND EXCITING FUTURE TOGETHER WITH YOUR NEW CAREER. CONGRATS ON YOUR LITTLE ONE!!! I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS. MAY GOD CONTINUE TOBLESS & KEEP YOU. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO BUY THIS CD, I PROMISE YOU YOU'LL BE VERY PLEASED

-- Anonymous, October 18, 2002

Hey! I really enjoy your music, especially Praise Him. That song really gets me in the mood to praise him. I'm 18 and I live in Arkansas and I was so shocked when I found out you were from Arkansas. Arkansas is going places. How did you get started in the music business?

-- Anonymous, October 21, 2002

I don't know if everyone on this board is a member of the A.M.E. Church, but I'm not and I don't really think it matters. What I really think that matters is the song that this anointed brother wrote. "I need you now" should be everyone's prayers to God whether or not we think we need him or not. When everything is lined up, or if we are going through hell we need him.

-- Anonymous, October 26, 2002

Hello all! I just bought Smokie Norful's cd this weekend. My friend told me about him, and man, he is awesome! My fave is the I Need You Now song. Very awesome! I'm Pentecostal and well..he's just awesome! Also, what is A.M.E. ? Just wondering. Hope you all have a wonderful day! Take care an God Bless!

-- Anonymous, October 27, 2002

Smokie and I have been friends since he first moved to Arkansas. Through the years of his awesome performances in school and out, I knew that one day this young man was going to get the blessing he deserved. The last time I heard him sing before now was at my wedding back in '96. He brought tears to so many eyes and the question was always "who was that, why isn't this young man sharing his blessing with the world!". So Smokie!! Congratulations again! I've already told you your CD is "wonderful" and of course I've recommended it to many. I have your poster up in my office so staff and students can see it and feel that from my comments of you and what you represent, they have to go out and buy it. Feedback is always positive of course because you are extremely talented and it can't be denied by anyone. My prayers are still and forever will be with you and your family and don't forget to send message of when you'll be back. My brother met Darlene McCoy last month and she spoke highly of you. She said she's a new artist coming up with EMI in the near future. He did some work for her and they got on the topic of Gospel. Love ya bro and God Bless! RayRay

-- Anonymous, November 04, 2002

I came to hear this gifted one man of God through my friend Camisha, who works with me, she was so impressed by his vocal abilities and the depth of the songs he sung, that she gave her copy to me and said "you've got to listen to this right now. I must say I was impressed! My favorite song is "Least I can do" for it is the least we can do for all He's done for us. This song touches my heart so deeply. Praise Him is like "Sunday" morning worship service, and while riding in to work the other day with my friend,Camisha(yes, the same one who introduced me to the album" we were praising God, lifting our hands and feeling like we were in church. I am A.M.E. and my church home is St. James A.M.E. of Cleveland Ohio. I was really proud to find out that Rev Norful is one of our own. I will keep you and your family in my prayers as you continue to answer the high call of our Lord and Saviour Jesus The Christ. Linda F. Mayfield

-- Anonymous, November 04, 2002

I Need You Know is out of sight!!! I would like to tell this young man on the phone or via/internet that he is tremendously anointed. The voice that God gave this young man is like none other even though Smokie sound a little like Stevie Wonder and Donnie Hatherway I'm not sure if this is the way Donnie's name is spelled. But, I fell in love with I Need You Now the first time I heard it. If I had the money I would buy the CD right now! But, however I will be buying the tape hopefully someone have it in a tape. But may I say May God Bless You young man keep on doing his work. I am in fact a singer myself and play by ear and I know a good singer when I hear one and you are great!!!

-- Anonymous, November 08, 2002

I Need You Now is out of sight!!! I would like to tell this young man on the phone or via/internet that he is tremendously anointed. The voice that God gave this young man is like none other even though Smokie sound a little like Stevie Wonder and Donnie Hatherway I'm not sure if this is the way Donnie's name is spelled. But, I fell in love with I Need You Now the first time I heard it. If I had the money I would buy the CD right now! But, however I will be buying the tape hopefully someone have it in a tape. But may I say May God Bless You young man keep on doing his work. I am in fact a singer myself and play by ear and I know a good singer when I hear one and you are great!!!

-- Anonymous, November 08, 2002

I have purchased Smokie's CD and am glad I did. I have shared it with members of my church ( New Bethel Baptist Church, Crossett, AR). I attended UAPB with him and have enjoyed hearing him sing for years. He blessed us some years back in Crossett, Arkansas. God Bless him and his family and may the blessings continue to come.

-- Anonymous, November 20, 2002

Does everthing typed get read by Smokie?

-- Anonymous, December 01, 2002

I just received Rev Norful's CD "I Need You Now" .......I LOVE IT! WONDERFUL....Keep Singing Brother, Keep Singing...God Has truly Blessed....I WILL be telling all my friend of you! Cyndi

-- Anonymous, December 23, 2002

Gretings from Min Derrick K.Johnson

The CD, "I Need You Now" I one of the most powerful CD's of this time. It has brought my hope's up. To be able to sit and listen to the songs is like giving your life back to God. Min. Norfol is reaching out to the young as well as the old. This CD was given to me as a gift, and yes I was going through a depressing time in my life and the CD Praying And God words has brought me to see that God is in control of all. The song "I Need You Now" took me back to the time when God brought me out and others like Psalm 64 and Still Say,Thank You. All I can do is thank God and begin to bless him. So to all who read this I ask that we begin to give a great amount of support to this Min. Norful.

All For the will of GOD, Min. Derrick K Johnson

-- Anonymous, December 28, 2002


WHEN I HEARD THAT NAME "SMOKIE NORFUL" IT SOUNDED VERY FAMILIAR TO ME. I NOW LIVE IN TEXAS BUT I WENT HOME TO PINE BLUFF,ARK. OVER THE HOLIDAY MY MOTHER(MRS.ELIZABETH ROBINSON IS ALSO MIN.OF MUSIC AT ST. PETER'S ROCK MSSN. BAPTIST) AND I WENT TO A RECORD STORE WHERE SHE PICKED UP HIS CD AND REPLIED.."SMOKIE IS DOING SO WELL".MOM HELPED ME REMEBER WHO HE IS.TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO EMPOWER YOU TO PROSPER.IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS...STAY FOCUS.

-- Anonymous, January 06, 2003

Hi my name is Brian and Im From Oakland Califirnia Im 19 Years Old. Im sure that this has been said b4 but its the truth so im going to say it again Brother Smokie you have been blessed with many talents, being a singer/songwriter my self i know that being able to not just sing a song but to be able to deliver a song is very important. GOD has blessed you to be able to create music with your song writtting talents, and he has blessed you with an incredible voice to be able to deliver every song that u sing. The first time i heard you i knew you were a shoe in to become one of the next Great Goospel Stars, and i was very suprised to find out that u were a minister as well. I guess what im trying to say is Continue to trust in the Lord and you will have a very blessed life,keep up the great work and WHEN IS THE NEXT CD COMING OUT IM ANXIOUS TO HEAR IT?(smile) May God Bless You and keep and Happy New Year Much Luv -Brian

-- Anonymous, January 11, 2003

Well, I just don't know where to begin!!! I am a seventeen year old girl that lives in Stone Mountain, GA (Atlanta). My soul has truly, truly been blessed. I graduated from high school last year and have been trying to figure out exactly what it is that I wanted to do with my life. I have been going through a lot lately with death, family, friends, work, school, sickness, and church. I don't listen to much of anything besides gospel music. My sister bought me Smokie's CD for christmas and I haven't stopped playing it yet. Smokie, your music has truly been a blessing to me. It has definitely ministered to my soul. It has been part of my healing process. I have been saved since I was twelve, but I don't think I have ever known Jesus the way I do now. Your music has really opened doors in my life. It has let me know for sure that everything will be alright. Your song "I Need You Now" sounded just like me crying out to God. I just want you to know that your music is truly more than music to me. You are a blessed man. God bles you. 1-LUV.

-- Anonymous, January 16, 2003

My Lord! This album is wonderful. My sister in the Lord went to our Holy Convocation and Smokie was there and she told me about this wonderful singer. So I went to the store and found the cd. AWESOME! Everyone loves track #2 I need you now! I am looking forward to hearing more from this man of God. I would love for him to come to our Church and sing, or to one of our year end celebrations! May God continually bless him and his family!

-- Anonymous, January 19, 2003

I want to let everybody know how Smokie Norful music has really blessed me. So I want to say to you Smokie keep up the good work and continue to let God use you. God is doing mighty work thru you. God bless you and I am praying for you.

-- Anonymous, January 20, 2003

I saw Smokie Norful on the Stellar Awards this past weekend and heard just a snippet of his song "I Need You Now". I ran out immediately to purchase his CD. It is absolutely wonderful. This man has been given such a gift. God Bless you Smokie and please continue to share the Lord's message through song. What a fabulous voice and lyrics!!

-- Anonymous, January 21, 2003

I believe he received two awards. That is a blessed young man.

Carmen

-- Anonymous, January 21, 2003


My GOD My GOD My GOD!!!! SMOKIE NORFUL you are THE man!!!! God has gifted and anoited you tremendously to touch and enrich the lives of his people... May GOD bless forever man. I'm a 17 year Christian Brotha from New Orleans. I'm a member of Philadelphia Ministries Inc. pastored by Suffragan Bishop James E. Daniel, we are of the Holiness/Apostolic faith and are members of the P.A.W (Pentecostal Assemblies of the World). I was blown away not only by Rev. Norful's vocals but the awesome anoiting in his music... "I Need You Now" brings me into the very presence of GOD wherever I am... at home, school , on the bus... I have yet to purchase my *own* copy but I WILL and SOON... Rev. Norful may GOD bless YOu indeed and continue to enlarge you for this is the year of Increase. Be Blessed in Jesus' Name..

-- Anonymous, January 23, 2003

Well, my first time hearing about Smokie Norful was when he came to Montgomery for the Hopeville Tour concert with Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, and Donnie McClurkin-which was so off the chain. I was so amazed at how good he sounded and you could just feel his music. I wanted to get his cd after the concert, but I didn't . But please believe I have it now, and I love listening to it. Now I'm ready for another cd and another concert.

-- Anonymous, January 23, 2003

Smokie, Smokie, Smokie! Smokie Norful is the best young gospel singer ever.The song "I Need You Now" is soooooo..... dear to my heart. I love listening to that song, because it touches my heart in a very, very, special way.I first heard Smokie sing at the HopeVille concert in NewOrleans,Louisiana. That concert was the best concert I have ever been to, and the best I will ever experience be God's anointing was in the place on that night. I would just like to say Smokie keep on singing for God, because singing for God is the very best. "I Need You Now" is such an uplifting song! Thans to Smokie Norful. May God Continue to bless you! Love, singingprincess.

-- Anonymous, January 28, 2003

All I can say is WOW!! I just came from seeing the Hopeville concert this evening and Smokie had me in tears. His song "I Need You Now" is POWERFUL!!! If Smokie reads this page, I would just like to say keep ministering through your music and I thank you for singing that song tonight, because I need the LORD now not a second, minute, hour or day later but now! . May God continue to use you so that you may continue show others what the LORD can do!!

-- Anonymous, January 29, 2003

Mr. Norful I have truly been blessed by your song. Your song makes me just wanna praise god to the fullest. I think you so much for making that song because it has truly became my personal testimony! Keep making great songs that we as people relate too and keep living a life for god! I am a 9th grade student and me and one of my teachers consatnly sing your song all the time! Your song truly uplifts my spirit when I fell I'm down and out! Praise god for a saint like you! May god forever bless and pray my strength in the lord!

-- Anonymous, January 29, 2003

This young man is one of the most talented musician I have ever known.I consider it a pleasure to have the opportunity to know him and his family. I knew he would be successful when he told me God had called him to carry his message. He is truely inspired.I will continue to support him as he carry out his mission.

-- Anonymous, February 01, 2003

Smokie Norful

I can't say enough about this young man, whom I've only known a short time, but it feels like years, I am another one of his adopted mothers in Christ - Greater Institutional AME Church, Reverend Julius McAllister is the pastor and where Rev. Smokie is and always will be the Minister of Music. Smokie your church family and your favorite choir will continue to keep you lifted as you sing and praise the Lord thru song. God Bless you and Your family!

-- Anonymous, February 03, 2003


Lyrics to I Need You Know

-- Anonymous, February 06, 2003

Oh My God.....Smokie Norful is off the Hook. I bought his album and I love and then I heard the radio like verson of I Need You Now and then on the Stellar's....the brother ripped it up in there. He is amazing and is a blessing to hear his gifted/annointed voice bring me to tears. Now can someone tell me how to get the live version of "I Need You Now/I Need Thee". My prays are with you Smokie Norful that you may stay annointed and follow Christ in whatever he has for you to do.

-- Anonymous, February 07, 2003

i would like to say first and foremost that the cd is indeed a blessing and at the same time a testimony. it really touches the lives of others when real people can cry out to God ,but not only to tell him thank you but to just worship him and always rember that you need him so many people are caught up on just telling God what you want.and at the same time the word of God says to "let your request be known unto God by prayer and supplication" the cd is touching i can really relate to the cd. God is really pouring out blessings, and i do believe this is the time for harvest, this is your season so walk into your season. may God richly bless you is my prayer.

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2003

Smokie Norful is the best thing that's happened to me. Since the first day I saw the music video for "I Need you Know" I've fallin in head over heels with this wonderful man of God. His music has brought me through so much and he is an inspiration to me. Even though I don't know him personally I feel that we have a connection through spririt and pray to God that one day I will be able to meet him. His albulm is off the chizz-ains and whoever knows smokie personally is very blessed. Keep up the Good work smokie....**ShyCheetah**

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2003

My God, Smokie God has anoited you tremendously to enrich the lives of other with that song " I Need You Now". That song has touch my heart and soul some much that when I hear it tears come to my eye. My god keep blessing you and your family. God bless you.

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2003

I'm sorry that I missed the opportunity to share in the dialogue concerning Smokie's music. However, if there's still an opportunity, I would like to congratulate Smokie on his success.

I too had the opportunity to work with Smokie when I was a member of the 12th District, Oklahoma/Arkansas that is. It was only for a short time, but I knew that he was blessed and that his ministry would go far.

The last time I saw Smokie was back in 1995 or 96 of Little Rock, Arkansas. I'm sure he barely remembers me, but I believe that we will encounter again in July of 2003 at the Lay Meeting in New Orleans... Smokie, if you're reading this stuff, all I got to say is, "Gone wid-yo-bad self"! Your CD is God sent and I often play it while I'm consulting with clients at my office.

I play gospel intentionally because first of all, it's my company and second, most of my clients are unsaved. One client in particular loved Smokie's music and she insisted on purchasing a copy..."Thank you Jesus for your ministry through gospel". Saints, I believe there will be another soul brought to Christ, therefore I gave her my copy and went and purchased another.

Smokie, if you're reading this stuff, understand that what was described in the previous paragraph is the dynamic that you should want your ministry to have. If this was your intention, which I'm sure it is, then man you're on your way.

Keep the faith, Simeon Rhoden, 5th District (Seattle)

-- Anonymous, February 20, 2003


I just wanted to write and say that Smokie is a wonderful man of God. I make sure that everyone in Mississipi know who Smokie is or at least make sure they watch him whenever he's on T.V. My favorite song on the album is I Need You Know. May God continue to bless you in everything. I also want you to know that I Need You Know made me make a big change in my life.

-- Anonymous, February 20, 2003

I have not had the opportunity to met Mr. Norful or hear him in person, but my heart was truly blessed one Sunday moring as I was BET as he told his story behind I Need You Now. I was at a very low point in my life and was so uplifted after hearing him sing that somg. God has truly anointed this young man, becasue we all Need Him Now. I want to congradulate him on this CD and tell him never stop needing him. Good luck to his wife and child. Brenda Burns

-- Anonymous, February 23, 2003

Does anyone have the lyrics to I NEED YOU NOW, that is my favorite song and it motivates me so much. Please send me the lyrics in a email, and put as the subject smokie norful, PLEASE PLEASE send me the lyrics, it would help a lot, may god bless all of yall

-- Anonymous, February 23, 2003

I'd heard the "I Need You Now" song several times on the radio. And then I was blessed by his performance (ministry) at the BET Gospel Fest. He surprised my church last week, when he accepted an invitation to come and sing at our Men's Day Service. Smokie is an awesome man of God and his music is truly inspirational! I have told family and friends to pick up this CD. GOD BLESS YOU SMOKIE!

-- Anonymous, February 26, 2003

Oh my, where do I start... God uses Smokie to minister to me every morning. It is like is he saying exactly what I want to say to our heavenly father with such a sweet, sweet favor! I praised the Lord with Smokie at the the New Birth Baptish church in Lithonia Ga, this past Saturday. I live in Lithonia. I was disappointed because they only scheduled him to sing one song...yes it was off the hook, "I Need You Now"...however Smokie is so annointed...they should have given him more time...he may be new to our eyes and ears...however he is not new to the kingdom...When is his next CD coming out? I too am a praiser and worshiper...so Smokie is singing for me...and a lot of God's people...Halleluja!!!! Please pass along to Smokie that I as his sister in Christ am blessed to hear such sweet meoldies to our father...Tell him "Don't ever stop!!!"...Oh...that would be a good title song...smile...I don't care how rough the waters may get...or who says what...the World did not give it to him...and the world cannot take it away!!!!!! Tell to always remember that. Is there an e-mail address that I can write to Smokie?...I have a concept that I would like to mail to him to look at... Thank you so much!!!

Love Faye

-- Anonymous, February 26, 2003


how do you get in contact with smokie norful. please call 407-296- 2664. we here at the new churchof faith was greatly blessed by his ministry of music on the bet gospel awards. the song i need you now really ministered to all of us in the room. we truly felt the presence of God's holy spirit. thank you for allowing God to use you to bless others. NCF Choir

-- Anonymous, March 05, 2003

how do you get in contact with smokie norful. please call 407-296- 2664. we here at the new churchof faith was greatly blessed by his ministry of music on the bet gospel awards. the song i need you now really ministered to all of us in the room. we truly felt the presence of God's holy spirit. thank you for allowing God to use you to bless others keep allowing the holy spirit to lead you. NCF Choir

-- Anonymous, March 05, 2003

"I Need You Now" has really been a blessing to me. My 5 year old and I listen to this song faithfully, everyday. Thank you Smokie for such a wonderful song. May God continue to bless you and yours.

Because of HIS Grace, angela....

-- Anonymous, March 05, 2003


Hi i would like congradulate REv Smokie Norful on his wonnderful single I need U Now and I like request the lyrics to that song and the rest of lyrics off the alblum. All thank you for all your inspiration of words

-- Anonymous, March 06, 2003

We thank the Lord for this young man I SAW HIM AT THE FOX IN DETROIT MICH WITH YOLANDA ADAMS DONNIE AND KIRK.. HE WAS GREAT MY SON DANIEL TRULY ENJOY HIS CD.

-- Anonymous, March 07, 2003

I am a 17 yr old musician. I sing and play the piano, organ and Smokie norful has touched my life tremendously, I first heard I need you now at the house of prayer and praise church, here in detroit, mi, I instantly fell in love with this song, then when I heard smoike sing it, and howand why he wrote the song, I adopted this man as my favorite gospel male singer. God has something, for this man, that human eyes cant see, so to smokie I say stay in his well and you faith has made room for you, God bless and we love you , from Detroit mich.

-- Anonymous, March 11, 2003

I am a 17 yrs old musician. I sing and play the piano, organ and Smokie norful has touched my life tremendously, I first heard I need you now at the house of prayer and praise church, here in detroit, mi, I instantly fell in love with this song, then when I heard smoike sing it, and howand why he wrote the song, I adopted this man as my favorite gospel male singer. God has something, for this man, that human eyes cant see, so to smokie I say stay in his well and you faith has made room for you, God bless and we love you , from Detroit mich.

-- Anonymous, March 11, 2003

I would like to get in touch with his management to bring smokie to houston for a concert if you have access to their contact number please email it to me or put them in touch with me please.

-- Anonymous, March 14, 2003

I would like to get in touch with his management to bring smokie to houston for a concert if you have access to their contact number please email it to me or put them in touch with me please. I have already attempted the contact info on the cd

-- Anonymous, March 14, 2003

Even though I haven't bought the CD, I've heard the song I Need You Know, and that one song has touched my life. It is so beautiful. God has really blessed Smokie with a wondeful voice, and beautiful, and touching words. I am a 28 year old woman, that is blessed with having the Lord in my life. Thank you Smokie, for giving us a song to live by. God Bless You, Andrea Linzy

-- Anonymous, March 16, 2003

I wasn't familiar with Smokie Norful before last month. I was at my dad's funeral and one of the ladies in the choir sang the song "I Need You Now". There wasn't a dry eye in the place. While riding back in the car with my cousin she put on Smokie's cd and there was that incredible song again, just reaching so deep inside and ministering to me; I knew that only God could have inspired it. I have since purchased the CD and I have to agree with everyone else it is truly a masterpiece. Both my husband and seven year old son enjoy the cd so much, that it is the first one they reach for while driving in the car. I wasn't familiar with Smokie Norful before, but I'm glad I have gotten to know him through his wonderful music. All I have to say is, keep it coming, brother! God is surely glorified!

Your sister in the faith, Cynthia Roberson

-- Anonymous, March 18, 2003


this i am a 8 th grader at dawes elm on the south side some people dont belive me but smokie is my 1st cosion he is alaways at my family reunione mail me i will send u a copy of the reunion tape it will cost 5.00 though holla

-- Anonymous, March 31, 2003

GREETING IN THE NAME OFOUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUSE CHRIST I AM A MEMBER AT THE CHRISTING LIFE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH .WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE GOD BLESSING US WITH A CONCERT WITH YOUR VOICE MINISTER SMOKIE NORFUL. IT WILL TRUELY BE A BLESSING FROM GOD JUST TO HERE YOU PERFORM HERE AT GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN 49508.. PLEASE ;; MISSIONARY ,JULIA SMITH, CHILDCARE PROVIDER.... AT SIERRA FAMILY DAYCARE...FAX 616-530-4861...I NEED INFORMATION.... ON WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO TO GET YOU HERE....

-- Anonymous, April 01, 2003

my name is shawnteia springs and i am 17 years old i live in charlotte n.c. i am a fanatic fan of smokie norful. i love his music alot and it influences me. whenever i am feeling down i go in my room and listen to his cd. my favorite songs on the cd are numbers 1,2,5,7,8,9,and 11,basically the whole cd.my favorite song is same ol sad song. the song, It's all about you is a big influence because at my church we fellowship with churches around the state and this boy also plays the keyboard(very talented)and plays(its all about you).this is when i sung and sung marvin sapp version. may god keep you smokie in my prayers.

-- Anonymous, April 03, 2003

please don't let my screen name get in the way of what i have to say. i had this screen name before i was saved but anyway, i love you song because it's so annoited. i never had cofidence in my singing but i always had companies wanting to produce me. just by listing to your song i now have confidence and know that no matter what i can always count on jesus. Thank you for being such an insperation to me. i'm 17 years old and on fire for jesus. my chuch is called all about jesus minitries with my pastor being elder eric and maydia mosley. i also live in rome ga. it would be real nice to hear from you. May God keep blessing you.

-- Anonymous, April 04, 2003

I think it is absoulutely great,awesome, and excellent. You are and inspiration, and I think you can reach out and help others.

-- Anonymous, April 10, 2003

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keep doing wat u do and stay inspiring and encouraging young christians like me.

my website ----> http://members.blackplanet.com/wazzup-dis-b-me/

-- Anonymous, April 14, 2003




-- Anonymous, April 14, 2003

MR. NORFUL DO YOU DO CONCERT AT MEMPHIS BASE CHURCHES AND HOW DO WE CONTACT YOU. WHAT IS YOUR FEE. I WORK WITH ONE OF YOUR CLASSMATES. JERRIEL EDWARDS HE ALSO PLAYED IN THE BAND DURING THE TIME YOU WERE THERE. HE SAID TO TELL YOU HELLO, HE HAS NOTHING BUT GOOD THINGS TO SAY ABOUT YOU. SEND A REPLY TO NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHRUCH, ELIVS PRESLEY BLVD.

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

Smokie is an EMI Gospel Artist....

Here is their contact information:

P.O. Box 5085
101 Winners Circle
Brentwood, TN 37024


615.371.6900
fax 615.371.6985



-- Anonymous, April 16, 2003


Smokie, Your music has really blessed my husband and children. Everytime we get in the car they want to hear I Need You Now. We would like to know when will you be in the California area to do a concert. We currently live in Oceanside, CA. Also my husband is a praise and worship leader at our local church. He has already song the song I Need You Now which they requested him to sing on Resurrection Sunday, but was unable to do so because our son was ill. He really would like to know how did you get started and how long did it take you to get to where you are today. He have met Tonex, Lanee Battle, Helen Baylor and the Psalmist Morris Chapman. He is working on cd now, but sometime he gets discouraged. Would you please send him some advice and to encourage him. God Bless You and continue to uplift the name of Jesus in song. Angie Brown

-- Anonymous, April 22, 2003

Dear Smokie Norful,

I would love to have your lyrics of I need you know. Can I please have a copy of it.

Katedra

-- Anonymous, April 24, 2003


I FIRST HEARD "I NEED YOU KNOW" AT WOMEN'S CONFERENCE IN MARCH. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT SONG AT THE TIME. WHEN I GOT HOME ONE OF MY CO WORKERS LET ME LISTEN TO MR. NORFUL'S CD AND THE WHOLE CD IS OFF THE HOOK. AND LIKE MR. NORFUL SAID IN HIS INTERVIEW HE STUDIED VANESSA BELL AND DARRYL COLEY AND I WILL DO JUST THE SAME. I AM NOT A WONDERFUL OR GREAT SINGER, BUT I LOVE TO SING GOSPEL. MUCH LOVE MR. NORFUL, AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU.

-- Anonymous, April 24, 2003

Jus want to say that I luv Smokie is well!! He really blessed me at the Hopeville Tour!! H'es NOW one of my favorite gospel singers, along with his mentor Kirk Franklin!! I hope to meet them in person, so if anyone knows where they will be on tour next let me know!! As a young person myself, (21) I understand what God is getting ready to birth in this end time!! Smokie offers something that is refreshing, and that's what I luv about him!!!!!!!!!!! His cd and song " I Need You Now" is off the chain!! Rapand hip hop are good in their place, but sometimes you need to hear a word from the Lord and that's what Smokie delivers!! Big Up's Smokie!! Hope to meet you one day!!! CONGRAT'S on the baby, wife, and family!! God Bless!!

-Nicol

-- Anonymous, April 28, 2003


i wake up every morning to listen to your song.everytime i hear that song come on i run and turn on the radio in my room.god has blessedyou with nice voice.i'm 18yrs old and i look up to you that song i need you now touches me.i always cry when i hear that song.well it would be nice if you email me back. have a bless day and may god keep blessing you!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Anonymous, April 29, 2003

From the first time I seen Smokie Perform his Hit "I need you know", I knew that there was someone with the same compassion for worship like me. Watching perform that some brought tears to my eyes. Then I knew where god wanted me at. Reading his testimony, it seems as if I'm at the same point but, bless god for gospel artist like him cause i feel his spirit throughout the whole album. If you don not posess this album please get it. I encourage you to listen to it all but especially "The least that i can do". It wiil take you into the presence of god.

-- Anonymous, May 09, 2003

Hi my name is ashley rich. I was ashley white when i was a student at jack robey junior high in pine bluff, arkansas. mr. norful was my 9th grade civics teacher(1996). He really inspired us all to be what god wanted us to be despite the pressures. He has an awesome voice and i am sooo proud of what he has accomplished. It goes to show how god blesses every aspect of your life when you follow him. YOU GO WIT YO BAD SELF SMOKIE!!!!

-- Anonymous, May 16, 2003

Smokie man man smokie you just the bomb man..... I had the honor of meeting smokie at the Madeas Class Reuion on wed may the 14, 2003 And I acted like a trhee year old Kid man and I am 22 years old and I wanted to tell you that I hope I did not affend you when I had you sign my gum paper but that was all I had and wsa not going to let you leave but I must apologize smokie if I did and then man you song that night toooo. I dont know if you even read this or not but Man I am really a to myself kind of guy and I tell you I sing too and there is three favorite singers in my life that are males and you are number one then two being my man of God Pastor Issac Pitre and Last my Minister of music Rickey Greene we all live in Texarkana about 2 hours or so from P.B. And man i dont even know what to say to you smoke man but I love you man and I am praying for you I consider it to be a lil favor from God that I got to met you and Once again when I get to the top I will find YOU smokie you dont know how just your presence inspired me man I almost started to cry my girlfriend said that I dont even get that excited to see her. But man I could not even watch the rest of Tyler Perry play but man I love you with all my heart becuase i understand the price that has to be paid and the price that comes with the call, like Jesus NOBODY knew what was in His cup that he had to drink and like with you and all the other greats all people see is the fame and lights the masses but man I pray for your person and that your relationship gets stronger than ever with God and that you are teh BEST DADDY/HUSBAND in the world because that is how you will stay and move even higher then where you are now. But I am behind you smokie 100% for some reason it is easy for me to trust the God in you (and I dont even know you) But I will one day. Bless God!!!!! I love you man I am going to support your ministry in ever way possible. Bless you man

David Wyatt-- I am comeing smokie I did not know you were and ordained minister of the gospel --That is what I am talking about MAN OF GOD..

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2003


Hello, my name is Myeisha Hamilton and I was looking at BET gospel one sunday morning and I was listening to the words of this one song and I did not get to see what he looked like. The words of his song "I need you now" really touched me. I have been on the internet trying to figure out as much information I can about him. I wanted to know if someone can email me back with a email address so that I can read more about him. I am definetly going to get his CD. I feel truly thankful and blessed that I have heard such an inspirational song. I will always keep him and his family in my prayers because we need a young man of God to sing songs of praise and lift up the name of Jesus. If you would like to know more about my newsletter and magazine please contact me via email at myeishah2001@hotmail.com. I am sure you will see Rev. W. R. "Smokie" Norfol, Jr. gracing the pages of Bla'Cache'. Thank You,

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2003

Well I see Minister Norful has alot of supporters and I am one of them. I am posting on the board to let you all know I live in Detroit,MI I attend and an active member at Perfecting church Marvin L. Winans Pastor. We having Holy Convocation all this week and Tonight Smokie sung and again tomorrow night he is truly blessed and annoited. I am grateful to have been there and touched by his voice. May god keep you all and bless you.

-- Anonymous, May 23, 2003

Well i would like to briefly elaborate on how deeply Mr.Norful's music has touched my life. He uplifted my hopes, spirits, and strengthened my faith when i needed it the most. The song "I Need You Now" was the first song i heard by him, and boy was it everlasting. Indeed I encourage Mr. Norful in his future aspirations and pray that he continues to put God first.

-- Anonymous, May 26, 2003

MR NORFUL, YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!! CONTINUE TO LET THE LORD USE YOU!!!! I AM A 26 YEAR OLD FEMALE AND I AM TOTALLY SOLD OUT TO THE LORD. THE FIRST TIME I HEARD MR NORFUL SING WAS ON THE STELLAR AWARDS EARLIER THIS YEAR.THE FIRST LINE OF THE SONG SAT ME DOWN!!! THAT NEXT DAY I WENT OUT OND BAUGHT THE CD. HE IS SO ANNOINTED. I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 6 WONDERFUL YEARS AND I HAVE 3 WONDERFUL CHILDREN.THEY KNOW YOUR SONGS. I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFRENCE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING FOR THE LORD.

-- Anonymous, May 27, 2003

The CD is awe-inspiring, my love for a true sense of worship and praise can only be displayed by truly annointed music. Smokie you have contributed to many of the lost and doing what God asks of you. Here in good ole' Lincoln Nebraska, there are very few places that you can go to occupy time, but being here in 'Damascus' it is a great place to seek the place of God. I thank you for doing what God wants you to do, and not merely focusing on doing soley God's work. When we operate in doing what He wants us to do, blessings will truly flow. My wife and our 18 month old daughter love your ministry and pray that you continue to grow in the way He desires.

-- Anonymous, May 28, 2003

I am just a cosumer. I don't know Smokie ona personal basis like most of you do, but I do know he's a man of God. I know he believes in God, and trusts in the Almighy. I just bought his CD, and I apologize for waiting so long. However, it is just awesome. The first time I listened to it, I was just overwhelmed by the content of the songs. My two favorite are I Need You Now and Still Say Thank You. I am a 13 year old female who would like to go into the music industry. I'm not sure if I want to enter the gospel industry or R&B, but I am just now starting to sing at church. And I believe that is where it all begins. As long as I continue giving God my all, and giving honor where honor is due, I know I can do all things. Smokie, thank you for the encouragement. May God continue to bless you.

-- Anonymous, May 29, 2003

I'm just a comsumer. Your music is very awe-some,I went out and brought your cd and your song "I Need You Now" is very inspiring to me. I love it so much I have to listen to your cd every night. Smokie you have contributed so many of the lost and doing what god ask of you. So to you keep doing gods works and praising him because god has a blessing with your name on it.

-- Anonymous, June 03, 2003

Hi my name is Sherrell Leonard And I live in Trenton New jersey and when Smokie came here he was just wonderful and his music is such an inspiration on my life and I Thank You for that Mr. Norful and I love U and I wish oneday that I can meet you and talk to you in person and see how wonderful and anointed you are so keep up the good work and may God continue to do great things in your life. God Bless Love you Sherrell Leonard

-- Anonymous, June 14, 2003

Smokie Norful is truly a tremendously annointed man of God. When you perform of Soul Train and capture the audience, My God! You know God is doing MARVELOUS things through your minstry. The CD is Awesome, Annionted, and Powerful.Smokie Norful is truly an awesome man of God in his minstry.

-- Anonymous, June 19, 2003

Smokie Norful is awesome. I need you now is a powerful song. It has helped me through some rough times. I pray that god will continue to bless Mr. Norful and his family because he is truly blessing many people through his ministry. God bless you Smokie. Keep up the good work.

-- Anonymous, June 19, 2003

I meet Smokie my freshman year at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; he was a senior at the time. When I heard that Smokie had been ordained as a minister I was excited that the Lord put such a blessing upon Smokieís life. I always loved Smokie's voice. I am delighted that he is using his voice to bless Godís people.

As I was reading the comments on this page, I truly realized just how the Lord is working in Smokie's life. Smokie has had the opportunity to touch so many lives, young and old, through his music. Music that no one but the Lord gave him.

Congrulations Smokie, to God the Glory! May God continue to bless you and your family.

-- Anonymous, June 25, 2003


I can truely say that Rev. Norful has touched my heart by song. He has helped open my eyes to see that God is the only one I really need.He has helped me to open up more to God in prayer.As a teenager life is hard, but through it all God will be there when all forsake me. When his song is on the radio I can truely feel the holy spirit following through my body. It is true we do need to help our own out and stick together. I don't have his cd but I am planning on getting soon.He is truely anointed by God. Keep up the good work Rev. and God will continue to bless you and your family.

-- Anonymous, June 25, 2003

Hi my name is Kee I'm from Parksley Va. I'm 16 yrs old . When I first heard Mr. Norful song it touch me. It is such a beautiful song. The first time I heard it I was in the car. But when I seen you on BET sing "I need you now", it made my not only love your song, but you also. That song is so deep. I love that song so much. I sing on the chior at my church in Bloxom Va. I just want you to be incouraged in the Lord . My God bless you greatly

-- Anonymous, June 29, 2003

I would like to thank you for the inspiring song "I NEED YOU KNOW" the song is really a blessing to me, I think you are an awesome brother in the lord.

GOD BLESS YOU, BROTHER GERARD NOLES

P.S. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOUR MINISTRY.

-- Anonymous, July 04, 2003


MY NAME IS DAVON AND I AM FROM CHICAGO. I DON'T KNOW SMOKIE PERSONALLY, BUT I REALIZE THAT HE HAS TOUCHED A LOT OF PEOPLE. WITH THIS CD, I NEED YOU KNOW, HE'S DOING THAT TO SO MANY MORE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. I DON'T LISTEN TO GOSPEL MUSIC THAT MUCH, ONLY WHEN AN ARTIST IS VERSITILE AND I CAN STILL RECIEVE THE MESSAGE AND ENJOY WHAT I'M LISTENING TO. I MUST SAY THAT FROM BEGINNING TO END SMOKIE'S CD, I NEED YOU KNOW, IS TIGHT!!! I SING R & B, BUT I LIKE TO COMBINE STYLES FROM ALL DIFFERENT GENRES OF MUSIC. AND MAN DOES SMOKIE KNOW HOW TO RUN. I'VE NEVER HEARD A MALE GOSPEL ARTIST AS ARTICULATE HIS VOICE AS SMOKIE DOES. I'M LEARNING SOO MUCH FROM HIM, LIKE HOW TO EASLIY AND SMOOTHLY CONVERT FROM FALSETTO TO MY NORMAL VOICE. I WANT TO MEET HIM TO JUST LET HIM KNOW HOW MUCH HE HAS INSPIRED ME MUSICALLY. IF ANYBODY KNOWS HIM PERSONALLY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I'M EVEN THINKING ABOUT RECORDING GOSPEL. PLEASE GO OUT AND SUPPORT THIS CD. IT IS WONDERFUL.

-- Anonymous, July 09, 2003

I was told yesterday that my season is coming within the next 5 months, I hunger for the Lord to enter my mind, body, spirit, & soul daily. I listen to Smokie constantly. The song "I need you NOW" is so powerful, because that is exactly how I feel. Thank you Lord for preparing Smokie's heart to write that song, all trials & tribulations he had to go through, to get to that point is going to help minister to alot of God's people. Praises shall continually be in my mouth. Thank you Lord for all the blessings!

-- Anonymous, July 10, 2003

I JUST WANTED TO SAY GOOD LUCK ON YOUR CAREER AND THAT I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN. I LOVE EVERYTHING U SING OR SANG, RATHER. SMOKIE, U HAVE PAVED THE WAY FOR SOME MANY OF US IN PINE BLUFF, THAT IS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE! I LOVE YOUR MESSAGE AND WILL BACK U KNOW MATTER WHAT. I LOVE U THE MOST, AND I STILL HAVE THAT POSTER U SIGNED TOO. I READ IT EVERY DAY. " JESSE, BOY.....DON'T HVE WORDS FOR YOU.....I PRAY THAT YOU FIND YOUR PLACE IN GOD & GROW IN IT. THANX FOR ALL YOUR HELP FOR MY SAKE! GOD BLESS YOU SMOKIE"

LOL

-- Anonymous, July 21, 2003


I also have Smokie's cd. It is a blessing from God. I played that song on repeat last night and it just put me right to sleep. At times we need God NOW! I believe there is power in our prayers and often we are not clear to God about how bad we need him. That song says it all. Mr. Norful is talented and gifted. He was courteous enough to write me back once via email after I complimented him on his ministry. I hope and pray his musical gift increases and continues to bless all whose ears fall upon it. I can tell from this board, God is using him in a huge way.

God bles!

Tammi

-- Anonymous, July 22, 2003


Like others on the list, I attended school (UAPB) with Smokie and was blessed to experience, first hand, the awesome gift that God planted in him years ago. Smokie, let me say that it's wonderful to see you still stirring up the "gift" (1Tim.1:6-7). Continue to go forward with boldness. The world thinks it's seen the best that you have to offer, but God has unforeseen places that he wants to take you. I know you've had a whirlwind of success thus far, but God isn't limited by our definition of success. Keep listening to/obeying Him (that's the key). I'm praying for and being ministered to by your life/music way up here in Washington State and can't wait to see greater things come forth for His Glory. Congrats on your family.

-- Anonymous, July 22, 2003

I just recently purchased the "WOW Gospel 2003" CD that featured Smokie's song " I need you know ". I feel blessed to hear GOD using this man to reach other people through, one of probably many, gifts this man has. God has blessed me through his song as I am experiencing difficult times in my life right now, I believe he will be getting not only recognition but thanks from everyday people such as myself. Please put me on your prayer list Rev's.

-- Anonymous, July 24, 2003

Well Smokie just to let you know I love your song " I Need You Now" has really had an impact on me. Well Smokie I met you at my cousin Brandon Dorsey wedding and you song a very nice song. Well one day I saw you and I was like mom that's smokie he song at Brandon's wedding and she didn't believe me so I called my Aunt. You have made a good choice in life and I really do love your music. I also met you at your gradution in Arkansas. Well, I love to sing and lift up his holy name. Of course Smokie there's no doubt about I will buy your CD every time it comes out and support your music anyway I can.

-- Anonymous, July 31, 2003

May God Bless You. God Will Honor You Because You Love Him. Give God Thank Every Day.I Pray That God Release Him Power On You. May You Walk, Run, Pray,Sleep In The Anointed

-- Anonymous, July 31, 2003

The entire Smokie Norful CD has truly blessed my soul. His music is an outlet to a direct connection to the throne of grace and mercy. He knows how to usher in the Holy Spirit. His music exemplifies a Perfect Praise where only God gets the glory and Jesus Christ is magnified. Smokies' expression of Love on "I need you Now" constantly remind me and assuraces me that I can go to my father daily, no matter what the circumstances may be. Smokie may God richly bless you and your family and may your ministry continue to grow with a greater anointing and power from Almighty God! God is doing a new thing in you, and it is springing up. God is smiling on you!

Be Blessed,

From South Florida

-- Anonymous, August 08, 2003


The Rev. Smokie Norful blessed Mapower 2003 in Atlanta on August 1 with his ministry of song. It was a real joy to be able to see and hear him. It was obvious that he is an anointed Brother and the Lord continues to bless him and us through him Bro Bob McCain

-- Anonymous, August 12, 2003

At the age of 20, I have grown so much into the lord. The one thing that gets me through my day is Smokie Norful. I love his CD. It brings joy into me when I listen to his music. At my church I teach dance and I use all types of music. I thank God for Rev. Norful, because he is so bless with his voice. Also being in the military is stressful as well and listening to him brings life unto me. Lord has bless this man and I see more blessings that is about to comeforth for him. God bless you all!!

-- Anonymous, August 14, 2003

Praise the Lord, I just thank the Lord for the anointed, young man of God. I love every bit of the cd. On my way to work, I'm in worship and on my way home I'm in praise. To God be the glory. Just keep seeking God face and He will continue to use in great and mighty way that no man had ever done. You don't find to many young men in intimacy with the Lord. Just keep on seeking His face.

-- Anonymous, August 15, 2003

I wish that I had seen this board earlier. I too sang in the choir at YTI 2001, a summer theological program at Emory University. Smokie was our choir director. (Hi Tamara and Aundi!) Smokie is truly a blessed and gifted singer who uses his talent to glorify the Lord. When I first heard him sing, I knew that he was special and I was touched. His voice is incredible. If you love his CD then you will surely love him live! Smokie will be at the Gospel Superfest 5 in Atlanta, G

-- Anonymous, August 20, 2003

I wish that I had seen this board earlier. I too sang in the choir at YTI 2001, a summer theological program at Emory University. Smokie was our choir director. (Hi Tamara and Aundi!) Smokie is truly a blessed and gifted singer who uses his talent to glorify the Lord. When I first heard him sing, I knew that he was special and I was touched. His voice is incredible. If you love his CD then you will surely love him live! Smokie will be at the Gospel Superfest 5 in Atlanta, GA September 26 and 27. I plan to attend and all that can should. Smokie, God bless you and your family. I will continue to pray for you. If you continue to walk with God, you will never stray from the righteous path. Your favorite YTI soprano :-)

-- Anonymous, August 20, 2003

I MUST SAY THAT I HEARD SMOKIEI'S SONG I NEED YOU NOW AND IT TOUCHED MY HEART BECAUSE I WAS GOING THROUGH A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PROBLEMS AND SOME HOW THE WORDS TO THAT SONG LIFTED ME, AND MADE ME THINK. THIS IS JUST A TEST OF MY FAITH AND I GOT UP SAID SCOTT YOUR NOT A LONE THE HEAVENLY FATHER WILL SEE ME THROUGH JUST BE STRONG. THAT'S WHY I SAY GOD BLESS YOU SMOKIE AND KEEP DOING WHAT GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO DO. I WOULD LIKE TO SING THE SONG IN CHURCH, BUT I CAN NOT FIND THE SHEET MUSIC FOR THE PIANOIST. THANK YOU SMOKIE AND GOD BLESS.

-- Anonymous, September 11, 2003

I first have to thank GOD for annoiting this young man, to sing I NEED YOU NOW. I am a 22 year old young lady from Detroit, the words captured my heart so that I had to share it with the girls at the juvenile facility, where the Outreach Ministry I coordinate, through Daughters of Destiny, volunteer.I am a witness to its inspiration it was performed through mime ministries, sang in chiors and I have also attended his ministering this song twice (Hopeville, and the Holy Convocation) And I look forward to hearing him this weekend.. I would like to just say to Rev.Norfol to continue to allow God to use him in what ever capacity that he sees fit. To always stay encouraged.

-- Anonymous, September 16, 2003

I praise and thank God for the gift that he has given Smokey Norful. His ministry is amazing. I am so proud that I can say that Smokey Norful is a true AME. I am an AME and have been for my entire life. The best things come out of the AME Church. I pray that God will increase the gift that He has given Smokey and gives Smokey the desires of his heart.

Praise the Name of Jesus.

-- Anonymous, September 18, 2003


I just want to say..that the song " I need you know" has really ministered to me. Its helping me to see that i can't do anything in my own power and that God is always by my side not matter how many times i mess up.To God be All the Glory!

-- Anonymous, September 25, 2003

I am a 17 year old junior who attend maria high in chicago. Smokie you are such an inspiration to the young. I have decided to write a paper based on your life for theology and if anyone has any background info on him please email me. I am estatic that i am getting the opportunity to do something amazing such as this. Keep doing what God gives you and may HE continue to bless you! IN HIS SERVICE FAITH

-- Anonymous, September 29, 2003

I have known Smokie Ray for a number of years. When I first saw him he was playing and singing at Leadership Congress in Oklahoma. It was hard to believe that such a small child had received the anointing from God that he had received. I continued to watch him grow through the years. St. John A. M. E. Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Jack Robey Junior High School, Pine Bluff High School, and the entire City of Pine Bluff have truly been blessed to have had Smokie Norful to pass this way. We love Smokie and his family (Carla and Tre') and they will always be a part of us.

My 83 year old mother listens to Smokie's CD almost daily. She calls him her boy. She will call me and tell me I saw my boy on TV, when is he coming home.

I am looking forward to his new Cd.

We love you Smokie.

-- Anonymous, October 01, 2003


My God!!! I can remember when I first heard him singing, I asked my mom "Who is That" She told me and where ever I am at and I hear his voice I know who he is. There is a song that he sings that lifts me up each time I hear it and I absolutly love this song "I need you now" And I heard this song at the time My Grandfather died and it was right on time. Each time I listen to that song I think of my grandfather and also how I needed him then and now and how God worked it out and I still need him and he is here!!!!

I am a 17 year old Highschool student who is a Senior this year will graduate on June 3rd 2004 and will be off to college. But I do trust in God and for a 17 year old teenager who can relate to this song its a blessing. SMOKIE keep on singing his praises because your ministry has touched me tremendously.

-- Anonymous, October 20, 2003


Praise God this man is anointed. All this time I thought I could sing :-) I heard "I Need You Now" on the Music Choice station on my Cabel TV. I ran to my computer to look it up. I can't stop playing this tune. Over and Over and Over for hours. And it was right on time. Not a second, or another minute, or an hour or a day could I have waited for this anointment. I Needed this Song in my life. I needed this voice in my life. I want to get it for my sisters Birthday also in 2 days. I'm telling you, BUY THIS CD! I'm going to put it on as my alarm to wake me up every morning as I need him every day! This is how I want to start my day. Mindfull of how much I need God in my life. What a beautiful prayer. Smokie is lifted up in my prayers and this is a CD I will buy many copies of. Spread the love.

-- Anonymous, October 24, 2003

I have known Smokie for 9 years and had the pleasure of meeting his family. I lived in Pine Bluff, but now in Texas. He is a true man of God. Since his CD release I have told everyone I come into contact with to support him and his minstry. I wish him all the best and with GOD heading his life he will go far.

-- Anonymous, November 10, 2003

I AM JUST A YOUNG TEEN BUT SMOKEY NORFUL HAS TOUCH THE HEART OF MINE AND ALOT OF MY FRIENDS WITH HIS MEANINGFUL SONGS I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST IN HIS FUTURE SUCCESS

-- Anonymous, November 10, 2003

I am 18 years age and I attend Christ Missionary Baptist Church, I am a big fan of Smokie Norful's music,it ahs made a great impact on my life. When I listen to his music it sometimes bring tears to my eyes, my mom was going through a crisis and she listened to his music in her time of need. I attend his concert when he was at Mt. Vernon church in Memphis, Tn and it was worth going to, my mom was really disappointed that she couldn't attend because she had to work, but I just want to let everyone know that he is a inspiration leader. If there was one thing that I could tell him, it would be keep your head up and always keep GOD FIRST AND ALL OF YOUR PRAYERS WILL BE ANSWERED.

-- Anonymous, November 11, 2003

I just wanted to let you know that when I though I could not make it you song "I Need You Now" got me throguh. I t is a touchin inspirational song that everone needs to heard thanks for blessing us with your message

-- Anonymous, November 13, 2003

Today was the first day I listen to Smokie Norful's full CD "I Need You Now". I heard "I need you now" and I liked it. But when I heard another song on his CD, "Same Sad Song" I felt the same way for a long time and it touched my heart like not very many songs can. I'm a musician at my church and play a lot of diffrent things but when I lifted my guitar to learn this one it was special because I had a larger meaning for me. God bless you brother and stay up.

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2003

To my brother in Christ: Dear Rev. W.R. (Smokie) Norful, Jr. this song is my new found testimony. Everything I was going through on the job had me so bound up feeling all hope was gone, when I heard "I Need You Now!"

I was about to lose my promotion, my position and my job when your song came to mind. As I approached the CEO's office I started singing your song. I know God already had it worked out, but having this song in my heart and on my lips, gave me peace of mind and lifted a heavy burden off my shoulders.

With your song on my lips, it helped me reach God ever so quickly, that I had an answer before I had entered the room. I am please to report that I still have my job, my position and promotion. God is good; not just some of the time, but all the time!

I thank for "I Need You Now!" It will burn in my heart forever. I play the drums and sing in the choir at church and I am practcing to do a solo of "I Need You Now!" I have to give my burning testimony and then sing your song. Thank you ever so much and keep them coming. I love you, God Bless!!!

Your Brother in Christ Samuel C. James, Jr.

-- Anonymous, November 30, 2003


Thank you Brother James for that moving testimony. It reminds that God never fails and he is always on time when we earnestly seek him.

Praise God for the victory. Thank you Brother Norful for that wonderful song.

-- Anonymous, November 30, 2003


Greetings to you Brother Norful. I just want to add to the many blessings and shouts sent your way. The anointing that was and is on your life especially for the song "I need you now" Is an anthem in spirit. I thank you for letting God use you to bless so many, especially me!!! I will continue to lift you and your ministry up in prayer!

-- Anonymous, November 30, 2003

Smokie I love your new CD titled "I Need You Now". You are truly using your sprirtual gift that God has given. As you know, God has a purpose and plan for each one of our lives. I feel as though the plan he has for your life is to sing praises to his name through music and song. By listening to your music, you are a very anointed man from God. Your voice just makes me feel the spirit of God in this place. Especially through the song "I Need You Now". Whenever we pray unto God letting him know our problems and giving him thanks, he knows that we need him. Like one of the songs go, "he may not come when you want him but he'll be there right on time, he'san on time God yes he is? I truly believe that, because for the past two years my family and I were going through a struggle or storm that the Lord had placed us in to test our faith. At first all I could do is cry because I didn't know what else to do. Every night I would get on my knees and ask God why we had to go through this. After going to church Sunday after Sunday, my family realized that we had to have faith, and no matter what was going on in our lives we still had to praise God inspite of. So listening to the song "I Need You Now" showed me that now only will God show up, when he shows up he will also show out. I encourage you to continue to use your anointed voice to sing praises unto the Lord. You have all of my support.

-- Anonymous, December 02, 2003

God Bless you and your music, it has truly blessed me.

-- Anonymous, December 04, 2003

Thankyou for the information.I support Smokie 100%. My family and I praie God for such a talented and blessed young man.

-- Anonymous, December 30, 2003

I HAVE LOVED YOUR MUSIC AND TESTIMONYS. BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WHO SMOKIE WAS. NOT UNTIL MY MOM MENTIONED THAT MY AUNT GOES TO REV. NORFUL'S CHURCH IN PINE BLUFF,AR. AND THAT IS WHERE I ATTEND SERVICE WHEN I AM IN ARK. THEN I PUT 2 AND 2 TOGETHER. WELL, I LOVE YOU SMOKIE AND KEEP THE BLESSING FLOWING.

-- Anonymous, January 12, 2004

My cousin gave me Smokie Norful's cd one day because he wanted me to listen to something other than rap because that is all my generation really listens to these days. Well, i put in his cd and as i listened to it i was just touched by the words and the power in the songs. Even though i am only 15 i honestly do believe i wuz touched that night and i just want to say God Bless You Smokie. I Love You and I will keep you in my prayers

-- Anonymous, March 01, 2004

God's blessings upon Minister Smokey Norful and his family, your music touches me everytime I hear it, tears flood my eyes, because God has been so good to me. It is truly a true statement that everyday we need the Lord now! God bless you and your family, keep running the race for the battle is not ours but the Lords, be encouraged.

-- Anonymous, March 29, 2004

I just want to say WOW he is awsome. Smokie is all that and some more (smile). I thank god that he gave me ears so that I can hear people like Smokie. There is a lot of praising and worshiping in his music. I hope and pray that the Lord will bless Smokie to go further. Where there's Smoke there is fire, and I mean that is a good way. Thank God for Smokie Norful his music has really blessed me. Thank You Jesus

-- Anonymous, May 24, 2004

i have read all the comments above and i want to know how can i buy those tape or cd intitled I NEED YOU NOW I need this for my wedding thanks a lot and best regards to all your bretheren.GOD BLESS

-- Anonymous, May 30, 2004

Smokie Norful's newest CD is so blessed. If you haven't heard it, go out to get it. The young man is just blessed by God

Carmen Rose

-- Anonymous, January 11, 2005


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